Citizens want governments to act to combat climate change

June 5, 2007 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Climate change, Environmental Change Institute, G8, G8+5, Nielsen, Oxford University, PR, Public opinion, Research, Survey | 2 Comments

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Global Nielsen survey: Consumers look to governments to act on climate change

View press release as a PDF here

A survey released today by The Nielsen Company and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, has revealed that global concerns about climate change have increased dramatically in the last six months (Figure 1)

Biggest and 2nd biggest concern in the next 6 months: Global Warming

OU ECP and Nielsen research shows leap in global concern over climate change

Reading columns as pairs from left to right, these are the countries they represent:

  • Total
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Belgium
  • Norway
  • Brazil
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Austria
  • Japan
  • Sweden
  • Hong Kong
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Thailand
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • UK
  • Malaysia
  • Argentina
  • Indonesia
  • South Africa
  • US
  • Chile
  • Portugal
  • Philippines
  • China
  • Vietnam
  • UAE
  • Czech
  • Hungary
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Egypt
  • Russia
  • South Korea

– and consumers in every region of the world consider it the responsibility of governments to address it (Figure 2).

“Global warming as a major concern has more than doubled across the world from October 2006 (7%) to April 2007 (16%) with some countries showing three-to-four-fold increases.
Even in the US—which registered the lowest percentage of people registering climate change as a major concern six months ago—the percentage concerned has increased from six to thirteen percent,” said Dodd. (Figure 3)

Figure 2 and Figure 3 are tables in the PDF press release. I shall leave you to look them up, after you admire the back of this very green bus in Oxford:

Green Oxford Bus cleaner than a vicar’s sermon

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  1. It is notable that France, rarely noted (by us Brits) for its eco-conscience, registers this as a major concern. Thousands of heatwave deaths in a capital city are not easily misunderstood or ignored. If Bush can ignore the devastation of New Orleans, how much will it take to get him to show some concern for the lives of ordinary Americans?

  2. Thanks so much for the link to this article and for your comments on my blog. I have been so distressed by the behaviours of Bush and Harper that I have been close to screaming.


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